Avengers: Age of Ultron sure seems to be exciting Marvel as much as it is us – they just can’t help but dripfeed us some new wee bits of info every week it seems! Today we got our first glimpse of the official movie poster.
Now while it does seem a little crowded, at least we know everyone is along for the ride – including some players who aren’t even featured in the picture. Besides the characters up top, we’re also on track to get appearances from Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine/Iron Patriot (whatever name he will be going by), Cobie Smoulders as Maria Hill, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter (fresh from her own series, no less), Idris Elba as Heimdall, and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr Erik Selvig. And how do we know this? Well, it’s all hidden in that tiny writing at the bottom.
What is interesting about the poster though, is that – ironically – we still can’t see Vision properly. Paul Bettany will be playing both J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision in the flick (the details of why he plays both are yet to be officially revealed so expect a big twist when the film actually hits), and while we have seen artwork and the packaging of toys and such, we have still yet to see him in the “flesh” as it were.
In this poster, our vision of Vision is obscured by the glare of sunlight. This sunlight could be coming from – you’ve guessed it – the Sun, but it could just as easily be coming from Vision himself; in the comics, Vision was able to unleash a solar blast from the jewel on his forehead. This could also explain why, in most of the images we have seen of him so far, Vision is always just floating in the air, looking as if he is waiting – he could be charging up his batteries using the Sun’s rays (alternatively, just having a wee nap).
At the moment, the best look we have seen so far is the following image, which is still just art, rather than the real thing. Right now, though, it’s as good as it gets.
Here at BGCP HQ, we also discussed the rather… haphazardness of the poster. Yes it’s crowded, because let’s face it the Avengers are gonna need to give their all in the battle against Ultron, but it almost seems like a weird amalgam of other images slapped together. Some of us thought it was fan-made Admittedly the poster for the first Avengers movie wasn’t much better, but still, Tony’s head looks like it’s been photoshopped in!
Also a nice touch is the added “glowstick tubing” on Black Widow’s suit. This is no doubt an attempt to emphasise her “powers”. Her “Widow’s Bite” didn’t really feature very prominently in the first film, only allowing us a glimpse of her putting on her gauntlets, and a few blink-and-you’ll-miss-it zaps aimed at the Chitauri – meaning some less well-read (in the comics sense) viewers were left thinking her power was “guns”. With Natasha set to be positively glowing in Age of Ultron, we may see that bioelectric blast feature more heavily (the villains are, after all, a horde of sentient robots).
Hulk too, looks a bit weird. Rather than look menacing and threatening, he seems to be shaking his fist at the sky, in a quite corny “get off my lawn” kind of way. Then again, Hulk has had his moments of just wanting to be left alone in the comics. Tony and Cap seem to be scared and confused, which is understandable, facing an army of genocidal androids, but really Tony there’s no need to cosy into Cap with your arm on his shoulder like that (unless Captain America: Civil War just turns out to be a lovers tiff).
Thor doesn’t look like he’s being all that productive either, holding up Mjolnir for literally no reason other than to show us his armpit (fanservice for lovers of Asgardian musclebears, maybe). And then there’s Nick Fury just popping out behind the title as if he just saw Hawkeye’s Instagram group selfie of the team out on the town, and he’s just burst onto the scene dramatically to find out why they didn’t invite him.
So there’s our thoughts on the Age of Ultron poster – but what are yours? Let us know!